Egypt : The green building opportunity

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As buildings are responsible for  40 percent of total energy consumption and 24 percent of CO2 emissions, sustainable and energy efficient buildings are becoming a global priority in mitigating climate change. In Egypt, the need for Green Code has been rising, even though it is rarely implemented in the country.

Sherif Hosny, CEO of Schaduf, an urban farming company that installs and operates rooftop farms in Egypt, explained that the high price was the most critiqued aspect of green building development.

According to Khaled Boushnaq, UAE Green Buildings Council Vice President, efforts have been made in building bricks that are 50 percent recycled materials. They also recycle waste water and use it for plant watering aiming to create a comprehensively sustainable environment. Currently, the UAE has 40 percent of green buildings certified by the green building council.

Sherry Saleeb, researcher at International Institute for Sustainability and Development (IISD), added that researchers in her institute aims to build more than one facility for managing waste in a profitable way through sorting, selling, compaction and recycling, and waste recycling.

Sustainability can only be achieved if there is a collaboration between the public and private sectors. According to Salah ElNaggar, Egypt Green Building Council, the government has invested heavily on renewable energy to  support the gaps in electricity supply and to bring in foreign investment to the country. However, given the myriad other pressures facing the country, it has never been its top priority.

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